Mars Hill Defeats Trojans for Sixth Consecutive WinOctober 4, 2013
Lacey Records Career Highs in Kills and Digs
ANDERSON, S.C. – Juniors Kelley Lacey, Meghan Cautero and Shannon Gillespie each posted double-doubles, but it was not enough, as Anderson committed a season-high 30 miscues and dropped a 3-1 (18-25, 21-25, 25-16, 17-25) decision to Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action Friday night at the Abney Athletic Center.
“We played our game in the third set,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “We were aggressive and played great defense then. Kelley (Lacey) did a great job for us all night. Mars Hill did a good job of keeping us out of our system and we couldn’t keep the momentum from that third set.”
Anderson (5-6, 4-2 SAC) had win its win streak halted at four and suffered its first home setback of the season in four matches, while Mars Hill (8-4, 6-2 SAC) won its sixth straight contest.
Mars Hill never trailed in the opening set, as the Lions took an early lead and held off AU despite repeated rallies by the Trojans. MHU never led by more than two points until late in the frame and posted a 5-1 run that turned a one-point advantage into a 21-16 lead and the Trojans were unable to recover.
The Lions posted an impressive .342 hitting percentage in the second set, as they scored the first four points of the frame. AU battled back to even the score at six apiece, but Mars Hill went on another 5-1 surge to gain some separation. Again, the Trojans refused to surrender and stayed within striking distance before chipping away to knot the score at 18-18 on a kill by Gillespie. Anderson evened the score again, at 20-20, on an error by the Lions, but MHU snapped the tie on a kill by senior Toni Cole and went on to claim the set.
The Trojans came alive in the third frame, with a pair of Mars Hill miscues giving AU a 6-4 lead. With the score even at 7-7, freshman Tinsley Hallman knocked down one of her seven kills on the night to give Anderson a lead it would not relinquish. The kill ignited an 11-2 outburst by the Trojans as they pushed out to an 18-9 lead. Mars Hill pulled within six, but would get no closer, as middle blocker Hailey Pittman closed the set with a kill.
The fourth set saw the Trojans jump out to a quick 5-2 edge, but Mars Hill climbed back to snap a 6-6 tie with a 9-2 surge and AU was unable to rally, as the Lions opened a late double-digit advantage en route to the victory.
Lacey finished with a career-high 15 kills and 24 digs for her second double-double of the season, while Gillespie tallied 14 kills and 23 digs for her sixth double-double of the campaign. Junior Alix Hooker posted a match-high 25 digs and Cautero notched her fourth double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs.
Marissa Wixom led all players with 17 kills, while reigning SAC Player of the Week Toni Cole and MaryKate Griffin each added 13 kills. Teammate Courtney Worthington, the reigning SAC Specialist of the Week, shared match-high honors with 45 assists. Victoria Kaiser and Maggie Murphy posted 23 digs apiece for the Lions.
Anderson faces another conference challenge on Saturday, as Tusculum invades the Abney Center for a 2 p.m. first-serve.